CentraState’s Podiatric Medicine & Surgery program provides comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical and rehabilitative services for foot, ankle and lower-leg injuries and conditions. Our podiatrists (board-certified and board-eligible doctors of podiatric medicine and surgery) evaluate and treat a wide range of conditions in both children and adults, from the most common to the most complex, often in conjunction with other medical specialists.
With 28 bones connected by joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments, the foot is one of the most complex parts of the body. When feet suffer from pain, it can significantly interfere with mobility and the activities of daily living. Even without pain, foot misalignments, malformations and malfunctions, can cause other parts of the body to compensate, leading to other problems, such as knee, back and hip pain.
Medical Treatment for Foot and Ankle Conditions
At times podiatric consultants are asked to examine patients after admission to CentraState Medical Center for problematic foot conditions that require care. This is especially true for people with diabetes and/or poor circulation.
Surgical Treatment for Foot and Ankle Conditions
Podiatric surgeons perform a wide variety of outpatient and inpatient procedures at CentraState’s Ambulatory Surgery Center and Operating Rooms:
- Joint repair and/or replacement for problems such as bunions and hammertoes, which develop over time and often become chronically painful, especially in arthritic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- Removal of neuromas (painful benign nerve tumors of the foot).
- Removal and biopsy of soft-tissue lesions.
- Repair of ruptured or torn tendons of the foot and ankle.
- Removal of heel spurs, use of shock wave therapy or endoscopic plantar fasciotomy to relieve heel pain.
- Repair of foot fractures from sports-related injuries or accidents.
- Treatment of wounds and ulcerations.
Physicians specializing in podiatric medicine and surgery are key members of the multidisciplinary team at the Central Jersey Wound Treatment Center
located at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus. Working together with advanced practice nurses, physical therapists and other physician specialists—including general, vascular and plastic surgeons—they help diagnose and treat non-healing wounds and ulcers resulting from a variety of conditions that can limit or obstruct blood flow to the extremities, such as diabetes, peripheral artery disease, lymphedema, or peripheral vascular disease.
Diabetes & Podiatry
Podiatrists at CentraState offer free foot screenings annually in conjunction with CentraState’s Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center as part of the center’s efforts to educate patients and encourage prevention. Everyone who has diabetes should be seeing a podiatrist, as this essential service significantly reduces the risk of amputation and limb loss.
For more information on Podiatric services at CentraState, call 866-CENTRA7 (866-236-8727).